Anthony Keith Gwynn will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. To be elected to the Hall of Fame, Mr. Gwynn had have outstanding credentials as a baseball player. He does.
Not to slight Cal Ripken, a tremendous player and great ambassador for baseball who also will be inducted today, but Mr. Gwynn cut an unusual swath among professional athletes. Amid all the contemporary problems in sports, Mr. Gwynn represents the good side of things. Bill Platschke, who writes for the Los Angeles Times but once covered Mr. Gwynn’s games in San Diego, provided an appreciative column that captures important features of those aspects of Mr. Gwynn’s personal relationships with people. I hope the Baseball Hall of Fame recognition of Mr. Gwynn captures more than his baseball accomplishments.